Defending champions India will be aiming to shut out off-field controversies when they lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy opener -- a marquee contest where tension and drama is never in short supply.
One of the finest fast bowlers of current times, Mohammed Amir would be pitted against the talismanic Virat Kohli in what could turn out to be a battle primarily between India's vaunted batting line-up and against Pakistan's potent bowling attack.
A line-up that boasts of Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni can be intimidating for any bowling attack.
But facing Amir and an equally talented Junaid Khan in English conditions, despite Edgbaston showing signs of being a batting-friendly track, will be testing for the Indian batsmen.
Firstpost has done an all-round coverage of the game and touched upon every possible plot and subplot of the big clash in the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday. Below are all the India vs Pakistan articles published on Firstpost.
India vs Pakistan group-stage clash will not be a cakewalk for Virat Kohli and Co
The weight of history, where India has ruled the roost in ICC competitions over Pakistan, could well put a reverse pressure on the current title holders. Click here to read more
Pakistan’s fortunes this time around will rest on Shoaib Malik’s form
But if Pakistan desire stability then they need to look no further than their re-motivated veteran all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, who also happens to be Pakistan’s leading appearance maker at the ICC Champions Trophy with 15 games to his name. This will be his sixth appearance in the tournament where he also holds the record of hitting Pakistan’s highest score at the tournament — his knock of 128 coming against arch-rivals India in 2009. Click here to read more
Revisiting the Men in Blue's Champions Trophy failures and rare victory against arch-rivals
It’s interesting to notice that while India look very similar from the one that played in 2013, Pakistan’s squad looks almost unrecognisable from the one that played four years ago. That itself tells a story of stability in one team and frequent turmoil in another. Click here to read more
Mohammad Amir can win back hearts, maybe even gain redemption, against Men in Blue
Key individual battles will be pivotal on 4 June, but Amir against the Indian batsmen is what India versus Pakistan cricket is all about. The bowler has everything to prove. Click here to read more.
India vs Pakistan clash will be decided by how Virat Kohli and Co tackle pace brigade
Pakistan’s battery of pacers will have their ammunition loaded. India’s batsmen will have their blades sharpened. Whoever makes the swifter move will live to tell a tale of glory. Click here to read more
Politics and rhetoric reduce Indo-Pak clashes to just a sideshow
India-Pakistan, in one-day cricket at least, is barely a contest of equals but such is the tension whipped on both sides of the border that it seems anything but. One could easily mistake it to be the match of the tournament. Click here to read more
Hasan Ali hopes he emerges a hero, should he play in iconic clash
The India-Pakistan clash in Champions Trophy is one that millions around the world are looking forward to with enthusiasm, as is medium-pacer Hasan Ali. Click here to read more
From 2003 World Cup match to 2004 Champions Trophy thriller, best Indo-Pak clashes in ICC events
On the other hand, only because India and Pakistan are few and far between, are they hyped, special and unforgettable. As the two subcontinental sides meet in the group stage of Champions Trophy 2017 this Sunday, let's look at five of the most memorable India-Pakistan clashes at ICC ODI tournaments. Click here to read more
For Indo-Pak fans, Champions Trophy is the best platform for rivalry
For Pakistan, the ICC Champions Trophy has been a tournament offering new hope and England has been a venue to always look forward to with the woeful campaign of 2013 being the exception. Click here to read more
Champions Trophy 2017: From Babar Azam to Imad Wasim, a look at Pakistan's young Turks
Pakistan, unlike India, have gone for a complete reboot in their quest for finding their feet in modern-day limited overs cricket. Click here to know more about Pakistan's young guns
Cricket’s greatest rivalry set for a 'homecoming' in Birmingham
Tariq Khan and his Pakistan-loving peers, a passionate collective, leave no stone unturned in backing their favourite team whenever it visits Birmingham, through an extravagant show of green flags, fireworks, songs, chants, open-top bus parades – you name it. Click here to read more
Indian pacers' relative superiority can prove decisive against Pakistan
Indian pacers like Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have arrived on the scene and they can give the Pakistani pacers a run for their money. Click here to read more
It's Virat Kohli's brutality vs Sarfraz Ahmed's charm as arch-rivals clash
When India and Pakistan head into the much-awaited clash, the desire of the two captains will be the same – to come out triumphant. And, it may come down to a face off between Kohli’s brutality and Sarfraz’s charm. Click here read more
Updated Date: Jun 03, 2017 19:43 PM